The heart of man has been addressed in numerous messages and in various ways to help lead you to a place of love and forgiveness and eventually closure. Have you noticed that I said "lead?"

"Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:15-20

There is an old saying, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink." You may ask what the meaning is of this saying. Simple put, it is: I can offer you an opportunity to do what is right, but cannot make you do it.

The heart of man has been addressed in numerous messages and in various ways to help lead you to a place of love and forgiveness and eventually closure. Have you noticed that I said "lead?" You and I can never arrive at a genuine place of love for another if we are not in our own free will to do so. And in this comes freedom from strife and discord.

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love."

Here is where many falter. The lack of knowledge of God’s word and plans for us opens the door to unwise choices. Most decisions are based on emotions and not godly wisdom. When was the last time you consulted the lord about an important matter then acted upon his response? We must ask if our decisions in life line up with the will of God and bring honor to him. This would also include whom we associate with personally or professionally.

People are busy doing their own thing, which ultimately leads many further away from a Christ-centered life, living independent of him. To experience what God has predestined for us, we must be fully dependent on him. This means that when we are unsure of the right thing to do, we must surrender our will to his. Blessings will surely follow.

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps."

Do you know the very first time God gave mankind the opportunity to exercise free will was in the Garden of Eden.

"And the Lord God commanded the man, 'You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.'"

And though man had fallen to the lies and deception of the enemy named Satan, it was not over. God had a master plan to redeem mankind, and his name is Jesus.

"The Lord works out everything to its proper end — even the wicked for a day of disaster."

God’s will

You may ask what the definition of God’s will is. It is the divine purpose and plans of God that cover every aspect of our lives. Allow me to share a few, though there are many others throughout the Bible.

These are from Jeremiah 29:11and other biblical passages.

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"

"This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

"It is God’s will that you should be sanctified, that you should avoid sexual immorality."

"Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

I share these things with you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, for you not to claim ignorance of truth to what has been written by the inspiration of God himself. We all will be held accountable for the choices made here on the earth. We never want to be standing in judgement for something we had full knowledge of but chose otherwise.

Examine your relationship with the one who holds the key to your eternal resting place. Ask yourself whether you have made wise decisions that will glorify the lord. How can I learn and apply the will of God in my life and in those around me through example?

We begin by making Jesus the center of our life. You must confess Jesus as lord and savior. You may ask why we need to confess. There is no other way to the father but through the son. If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Please repeat this prayer: "Lord Jesus, forgive my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my lord and savior from this day forward. In Jesus’ name, amen."

Welcome into the family of Christ.

Until next week, be blessed and continue to bless others along the way. Shalom.

Bible references: Proverbs 16:9, Galatians 5:13, Genesis 2:16-17, Proverbs 16:4, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, 4:3, Hebrews 13:20. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.

Contributing Writer Edith Nevis can be reached at 985-857-2200 or at edith.nevis@houmatoday.com.